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Robots have power to influence children’s opinions
Young children are significantly more likely than adults to have their opinions and decisions influenced by robots, according to new research. The study, conducted at the University of Plymouth, compared how adults and children respond to an identical task when in the presence of both their peers and humanoid robots. It showed that while adults regularly have their opinions influenced by peers, something also demonstrated in previous st...
Tamar Engineering Project scholar begins Robotics MSc
The Tamar Engineering Project (TEP) is a mentoring and financial award programme introduced by University of Plymouth to help remedy the growing technical skills shortage in the UK. The programme aims to provide one-to-one mentoring and financial support to high-performing students who may face socio-economic barriers in their academic pursuits.
Project provides mentoring and financial support to students
Michael LeGoff, Plessey’s CEO, has played a pivotal role in a successful pilot project providing one-to-one mentoring and financial support to high performing students from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds.
VR reveals people's behaviour in difficult situations
VR technology could show how a person would really behave in a morally difficult situation – despite what he or she might claim on paper, according to new research by Plymouth University. The study led by Kathryn Francis, PhD student in the School of Psychology, found that people are more likely to sacrifice others for what they imagine to be the greater good when immersed in VR.
Electricity flows through graphene without energy loss
Electrical signals transmitted at high frequencies lose none of their energy when passed through graphene, a study led by Plymouth University has shown. Discovered in 2004, graphene – which measures just an atom in thickness and is around 100 times stronger than steel – has been identified as having a range of potential uses across the engineering and health sectors.
Disabled violinist composes for the first time in 27 years
Rosemary Johnson was a promising violinist and member of the Welsh National Opera Orchestra when she was involved in a devastating car crash 27 years ago. The accident left her in a coma for seven months, and the resulting brain damage has robbed her of most of her ability to talk and move. But thanks to new software that reads people's brain waves, Johnson has been able to compose music for the first time since 1988, and has had the chance to ha...
Unmanned ship to sail across the Atlantic in 2020
Plymouth University is aspiring to build the first full-sized autonomous unmanned ship to sail across the Atlantic in 2020. Designed and developed in collaboration with internationally acclaimed and award-winning partners, the Mayflower Autonomous Research Ship (MARS) will emulate the pioneering spirit and courage of the original Mayflower voyage.